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Oct 23, 2009 07:00 AM

Dinner for group near convention center in Phoenix

Hi everyone,

I am bring a group of students to a meeting at the Convention Center in early November. I would like to take them out for a fun, hopefully southwestern dinner somewhere in the area. Any suggestions?



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  1. If you could be much more specific about your request, we can do more to help you.
    Number of students?
    Age of students?

    3 Replies
    1. re: Sherri

      Los Dos Molinos on Washington right before 7th Street might fit the bill. Its a hike but it could even be walking distance.

      1. re: avandelay

        I just posted the wrong reply to you. Sorry!

        thank you for all of these suggestions! I think I have to hit all of these during the meeting. Also, thanks for the info on the light rail.


      2. re: Sherri

        HI Sherri,

        The students are college students and faculty- all over the age of 21. There will probably be about 13 of us- we could split into 2 groups. We will need to walk or take public transportation. I plan on spending $20-30 per person.

        thanks so much for your help!


      3. As suggested above, Los Dos Molinos might work. It's fiery New Mexican food, although your user name suggests that's nothing new for you. Some people say LDM is overrated, and they're probably right, but it would still work for your group and is walkable from the convention center.

        Even close to the Convention Center is Sam's Cafe, which serves tourist-friendly Southwestern lite. This place is not as good as it was in the '90s, but still okay.

        Two options involving some travel:

        Herd your students onto the westbound light rail, ride up to Osborn, and then walk a few blocks to Gallo Blanco at the Clarendon Hotel. Of all the restaurants mentioned in my reply, Gallo Blanco's interior Mexican food is generally regarded as the best, and the prices are quite reasonable.

        You could also go via cab or the #10 bus over to Tradiciones, a Mexican restaurant adjacent to the Phoenix Ranch Market. They'd be likely to handle your group well. If a more casual experience is desired, your group could also eat in the food court in the adjacent market.

        1602 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

        Sam's Cafe
        455 N 3rd St Ste 114, Phoenix, AZ 85004

        Los Dos Molinos
        1010 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

        Gallo Blanco Cafe
        401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

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        1. re: silverbear

          This thread inspired me to revisit Los Dos Molinos for lunch today. Based on today's experience, I'll upgrade my recommendation. It was quite good and reminded me of all that I like about that place.